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Entertaining The Hours Of Your Week With Blood Drives, Senior Day, And Performing Arts

Feb 20, 2014

The Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) gives Oklahomans the opportunity to save lives with blood donations at the Spring 2014 Bedlam Blood Drive. The campaign began Monday but runs Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Army ROTC building at the University of Oklahoma. 

OU sophomore nursing students Narmin Kandalaft (left) and Bridget Graham (right) after giving blood at OBI's Fall 2014 Bedlam Blood Drive.
Credit Bridget Graham and Narmin Kandalaft

More than 140 medical facilities in the state receive blood products exclusively from OBI, which canceled several drives in recent weeks because of bitter weather. Due to the decreased supply the organization declared a blood emergency in Oklahoma as of February 7, making the success of this and subsequent campaigns critical.

Anyone age 16 and older is encouraged to give, especially those with an O- blood type.

In addition to being a silent-hero for somebody whose life may depend on donation, donors receive complimentary health screenings, hot-dogs and a crimson “OU Blood Donor T-Shirt”.

If it's not practical to give on this occasion, check out OBI’s website to find one of the numerous blood drives and donation centers that work for you.

Dr. Gabe Nabors and his staff provide more complimentary medical care at the Dental Lodge in Noble Saturday, February 22. The crew’s “Dentistry From The Heart” project welcomes 60 adults to receive dental care without charge, on a first-come-first-served basis.

Senior Day takes place Monday, February 24 at the Oklahoma State Capitol. Oklahoma’s 700,000 seniors and all other interested parties have the chance to speak with lawmakers about contemporary issues.

The event includes a number of speeches by state government officials like Senator Frank Simpson, Senator Jim Halligan and Department of Human Services Director Ed Lake.

Registration opens on the first floor of the Capitol Monday at 8:30 a.m. The program begins at 10 a.m. in the House Chambers.

Oklahoma City University’s School of Music presents an opera version of the musical “Our Town”, February 21 – 23. The music for this Americana classic is composed by Ned Rorem who Time Magazine once called, “the world’s best composer of art songs”.

Performances take place in OCU’s Fine Arts Center Friday and Saturday night at 8 p.m., with a Sunday matinee at 3 p.m.

Also, the Reduxion Theatre Company (RTC) continues performances of William Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” in the company’s New Broadway Theater in Automobile Alley.  

The romantic-comedy runs through March 1, with this weekend’s shows scheduled for February 21 and 22 at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

More on these and other events to fill up the 168 hours of your week is found on KGOU’s ‘events’ listings link at www.kgou.org.

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